California's public colleges and universities are among the most affordable, but many students still graduate with significant debt.
California attracts the most international students of any state, and so its universities are especially concerned about the new Trump administration's restrictions on immigration and visits.
California undergraduates will pay $336 more, bringing tuition and mandatory system wide fees to $12,630 a year. Room, board and books are extra.
A national report projects a drop in numbers of high school graduates. But in California, higher education officials are focusing on other trends, such as increasing Latino college attendance.
The College Futures Foundation calls for more long-term budget plans and a hard look at how pension costs limit university spending on student support services.
Napolitano was diagnosed with cancer in August and informed the regents at that time, but her illness was not publicly disclosed previously.
Higher education officials generally applaud Brown's plan, which would freeze community college fees while allowing tuition hikes at UC and CSU.
Eric Blanco, president of the state school counseling association, urges students to prepare early for college and keep options open.
Early proposals for the first possible tuition increases in six years call for a $270 hike at CSU and $300 at UC. Much awaits Gov. Brown's January budget plan.
Latinos and Asians comprise the largest groups of applicants as students seek to gain entrance to at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses.
Californians say they support more funds for higher education, but don't want higher taxes or tuition, poll finds. They regard campuses highly.
The unified front from UC, CSU and community colleges reflects the fear among their 74,000 undocumented students that they could face loss of work permits and deportation.
Students worry that Trump will revoke protections many have against deportation, but also say they appreciate the financial aid California provides to Dreamers.
The tuition hike is part of a plan to expand access to California students by increasing in-state undergraduate enrollments.
California State University's Graduation 2025 Initiative could help free up more space for campuses to admitted more qualified applicants.